Friday, May 23, 2014

5-22-14 MCRC Briefs

MCRC Briefs

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor

Web Master   John Strasser


May 22, 2014


·       Call to Action - Precinct Committeemen:  You have 5 days to get your petition signatures to qualify for the August Primary.  Here are the web addresses for the necessary paperwork:

·       Affidavit - single sided, 8 1/2 by 11 page to fill out and sign with a notary public.

·       Petition - 2-sided, 8 1/2 by 11 sheet for the signatures.

·       10 signatures are the maximum anyone will need.  Some precincts require fewer.

·       List of precincts with the numbers for PC Quota and needed signatures:
Contact:  Chairman A J LaFaro


·       ATTENTION PCs: Message From MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro: Several people contacted me this week about strangers coming to their homes or phoning them with a series of questions about Sen. John McCain and asking whether they are running for precinct committeeman (PC) again. Some of them are offering to notarize your PC affidavit and take your signature petitions and affidavit to the County Elections Office for you.  Please do not give your signature petitions or affidavit to any stranger.  Either submit them in person -  hand delivered to County Elections Office no later than May 28th 5 pm.  Or mailed no later than May 21 to Maricopa County Elections Department, Attn: Kristi/Berta, 111 S. 3rd Ave., Phoenix AZ  85003. Postmarked May 28 doesn't count.


Reports circulating: Reports have come to my attention that the moderate and left of center Republicans (aka RINOs) are trying to take over the Arizona Republican Party at all levels - state, county and legislative district.  Reports are circulating that thousands of dollars are being spent to recruit RINOs to run as candidates for Republican PCs in the August primary. – A J LaFaro, MCRC Chairman


·       This afternoon’s 2 pm, Crossroads with Van talked about the GOP’s 11th Commandment,  about the power plays within the AZ GOP and how it does affects all who run for office.


·       Van The Radio Man: I'm talking about the office holders who have no problem piling onto AZ AG Tom Horne, however never say a word against AZ Gov. Brewer, Huppenthal, McCain, Flake and more for what they've done. This is a little strange - don't you think - especially when the charges have been dropped and only the Dems are coming after him. van-the-radio-man


·       LD23 Candidate John Strasser: Memorial Day Weekend signifies the end of the petition signature season where candidates for public office collect signatures to get on the primary ballot. We are within striking distance, and one big push this weekend can get it done.  You can sign my petition online at the Secretary of State’s website:

If you want my conservative values working in the legislature, forward this email on to everyone you know (email, facebook, twitter, carrier pigeon. . .) and ask them to sign my petition. I will be gathering signatures over this last week and would be honored if you would contribute some time to those endeavors.  Call (480) 273-8798 or email at and we’ll set you up. John Strasser’s website: LD23 consists of portions of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.


·       LD25 Sen Candidate Ralph Heap: “We are official! Thank you to all of the many PC's, the Volunteers and the voters of Mesa who gathered petitions. The minimum signatures needed to get on the ballot was 568 and the elections department stopped counting after the maximum requirement of 1702.... and we even exceeded that! I am humbled by the overwhelming show of support for my campaign.”


·       Tempe City Council Candidate Matt Papke will be on Shane Krauser’s 2 pm Online at show at 1100 AM Radio Fri, May 23 to discuss the Culture of Debt in Tempe and the   Gardening in the Desert event this weekend.  Contact Papke at


·       Maricopa County District 4 Supervisor Clint Hickman filed over 1,700 petition nomination signatures - double the minimum requirement to qualify.  “I’m very excited to officially file our signatures today and continue to build momentum for our campaign. As I traveled throughout District 4 meeting with voters, I heard the same message: West Valley residents want efficient government and an emphasis from our county leaders on protecting taxpayer dollars. As Supervisor, I will keep fighting to reduce harmful, unnecessary regulations and make sure the County lives within its means and your money is protected.”


·       About Supervisor Clint Hickman:  Clint Hickman is a fourth-generation Arizonan from one of the West Valley’s most prominent business families. He was appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in March of 2013, replacing former Supervisor Max Wilson who resigned due to illness. Hickman is vice president of sales and marketing at Hickman’s Family Farms, Arizona’s largest egg producer, started in 1944 on Grandmom Nell’s backyard porch and 50 hens. Hickman’s Family Farms now houses four million hens. Hickman has more than 25 years of experience in the business. Other than four years at the University of Arizona, he has spent his entire life in the West Valley. Like his predecessor Max Wilson, Hickman comes to politics after long track record of community service and helping charitable causes. He is currently Honorary Commander of the 69th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, a member of the Hunger Project, the Arizona and Maricopa County Farm Bureau, and board member of the Arizona Food Marketing Association. He was also appointed and served as one of the few civilian members on the Arizona Meth Project. Hickman is a lifelong Republican – dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility, protecting Luke Air Force Base, and reducing restrictions to support jobs and economic opportunities. He and his wife Jennifer have two sons and a daughter. They live in Goodyear.


·       Alice Lara and Brian Kight and the rest of the APB team walked Sunshine this evening with candidate Augustine Bartning for Maricopa Community College District at large in the South Mountain area gathering petition signatures.


·       Tempe City Council Candidate Matt Papke is conducting a Memorial Day Weekend Money Bomb. His  campaign highlights include winning the to bring back public broadcasting for public commentary and gathering 200 signatures on the “end the food tax” petition. Papke pleads to “work to balance the budget in Tempe. I will protect the life, liberty and property of my constituents. You are on board, but I need your help to reach the thousands of voters we have not connected with yet.  Already my campaign has 125 individual donors and none of my donors are PACS or Corporations. A Donation of $100 will help us to reach 238 voters directly with our message.”  Papke   480 - 242 – 2208.


·       With Wildfires Burning In Various Parts Of The State Heading Into Memorial Day Weekend, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), urges travelers to proceed with their plans but to remain diligent about staying informed about fire conditions. Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, reminds travelers that Sedona, Flagstaff and many other summer tourist destinations are open for business. “Other than Slide Rock State Park, which is closed due to the Slide Fire, all other state parks remain open. As long as people travel with caution, there is no reason not to get out and explore our great state, Henry said.  Campfire and smoking restrictions are in place at many recreational areas, including all six national forests in Arizona. The Forest Service, along with other federal, state and local partners, implement these restrictions as a precautionary measure to protect public health and safety, and to reduce preventable human-caused fires. stay up-to-date on the latest conditions and closures:

·       Incident Information System (lists current fires in Arizona):

·       Arizona Emergency Information Network:

·       Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention:

·       Arizona State Parks Department:

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·       All 29 City Of Phoenix Swimming Pools open Sat, May 24. The pools will be open for the Memorial Day weekend May 24 to May 26, and then reopen for full summer operating hours, including weekdays, on May 31. The 2014 season runs through July 27. Regular hours will be 1 to 7 pm six days a week (all pools are closed Fridays).poolsopen 


·       Andrew Costanzo: “The liberal, Obama toady, Raúl Grijalva, has been in Congress since 2003, but has he been representing you and your ideals?  If you don’t want Grijalva to force you to work harder for your money and your freedom next year, you need to work a little this year.  Volunteer a few hours this Memorial Day Weekend.  Walk with Republican Gabby Saucedo Mercer, the pro-jobs, pro-family, pro-America candidate for CD 3.  Invest 2 ½ hours of your time and help us visit an additional 30 of your neighbors.  We will distribute campaign literature and circulate nomination petition signatures, but we can’t beat back the Grijalva machine without your help.  Don't worry if you have never done this before, we will team you with someone who has.  RSVP:  Andrew Costanzo, or 480 677-0697.


·       CD3 candidate Gabby Saucedo Mercer will be walking LD13 Durango Precinct, starting at 8:30 am, May 24 in Buckey. The walkers willmeet at the Chase Bank (SW corner of W Yuma/S Watson Roads). Walkers will also Get Out The Vote for LD13 incumbent Darin Mitchell, LD13 incumbent Steve Montenegro and White Tank Justice of the Peace candidate  David Osterfeld. Bring water, sun screen and wear comfortable clothing and a hat. RSVP:  Andrew Costanzo, or 480 677-0697.


·       CD3 candidate Gabby Saucedo Mercer will be walking Estrella Foothills in LD4 starting at 8:30 am, May 26 in Goodyear. Volunteers will meet at the Starpointe Residents Club, 17665 W. Elliot Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 (W. Elliot, just west of S. Estrella Parkway). They will also get We will also Get Out the Vote for Constance Uribe (AZ Senate, LD 4), Richard Hopkins (AZ House, LD 4) and David Osterfeld(Justice of the Peace, White Tank Precinct). Bring water, sun screen and wear comfortable clothing and a hat. RSVP to, Andrew Costanzo, , or 480 677-0697.


·       Meet Jeff Amderson, Chandler School Board Candidate: Amberson graduated from Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Arizona State University, cum laude, 1985. He served a two-year mission for his church in Japan and has also served in a variety of church positions, including Sunday School Teacher and Bishop. He enjoyed a 16-year career with ARCO, working in Materials Management, until a buy-out by BP created a change of plans and new opportunities.  Amberson is currently a training facilitator at Community Provider of Enrichment Services in Tempe. He and wife Barbara have been married for 35 years, have five children and nine grandchildren. Both sons are serving active duty in the Air Force  and their son-in-law is serving active duty in the Army. A daughter lives in Gilbert and their youngest lives at home.  The couple is involved with Special Olympics and Recreation and Athletics for the Disabled( RAD).


·       Arizona Project Will Meet At 6:30 May 27 in instead of May 26 (due to Memorial Day) to hear constitutional attorney Shane Krauser discuss the Bill of Rights – a continuation of his seminar at 3375 S Shea Blvd., Phx.  Contact: Chairman Ron Ludder  602-677-1496


·       Ron Ludder: Arizona Project: “Once again the failed President has told those gullible enough to believe him that he will get to the bottom of yet another Obama Administration mis-step.  The VA Hospital mess.  Interesting, the VA medical crisis is a sneak preview of what the future of medical care will be under Obamacare.  Where is the outrage on the VA issue?  We don't know how many Veterans have lost their lives under the Administrations unacceptable leadership style.  Such lack of attention and carelessness for the lives of those among us who were willing to give up their tomorrows for a safety and secure America. Let's all call for General Shinseki to resign immediately for this outrageous VA scandal, which started at an Arizona facility. If he doesn't resign, he should be fired for being an inept lackey.”

·       Contact Your Congressman. Let them know your anger over yet another scandal that has taken the lives of unknown numbers of Americans.  Our veterans deserve better.

·       Sen John McCain R                            202-224-2235   

·       Sen Jeff Flake R                                 202-224-3421   

·       Rep Ann Kirkpatrick (D1)                 202-225-3361   

·       Rep Ron Barber (D2)                         202-225-2542   

·       Rep Raul Grijalva (D3)                      202-225-2435   

·       Rep Paul Gosar (R4)                          202-2225-2315 

·       Rep Matt Salmon (R5)                       202-225-2635   

·       Rep David Schweikert (R6)               202-225-2190   

·       Rep Ed Pastor (D7)                            202-225-4065   

·       Rep Trent Franks (8)                          202-225-4576   

·       Rep Kyrsten Sineman (D)                                            

·       Treasurer Candidate Randy Pullen: I decided to run for Treasurer because when I look at the responsibilities of the office, I know that I am the most qualified candidate running and I have a proven track record that voters can see. Tracking the Money Did you know the computer system that is used to track the BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars that flows through the state coffers every year is over 30 years old!  I happen to know firsthand because as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche I oversaw the implementation of it.  The state has invested millions to upgrade it and bring us into the 21st century.  My unique experience will ensure that the Arizona State Treasurers office continues to be effective and accountable as stewards of your hard earned tax dollars.


·       CD3 candidate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer: “I’m dedicated to promoting and sustaining American security, values and rights.”   CD3 covers LDs 4, 13, and 19.


·       Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sent His Inmate Work Detail to Wickenburg this week to repair damage to the exercise yards at the Wickenburg Human Society, caused by monsoon storms last summer. The Director of the Humane Society Carrie Ward wrote to Sheriff Joe on behalf of Pandora a White Jack Russell Mix, who awaits his future home. Arpaio will lent a paw by sending his Inmate Work Detail to help the shelter -  saving the shelter approximately $20,000 dollars which can be used on other things to help the animals. The Inmate detail, consisting of 13 inmates, helped move big rocks, dirt and get the shelter ready for the next round of monsoon storms. “It’s important we take care of the animals because they are the victims in these cases” said Sheriff Arpaio.


·       The Wickenburg Republican Club will not meet on May 26 due to the Memorial Weekend.  Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman will address the group at the June 23 meeting.


·       The Andrew Walter for Congress Pancake Breakfast is scheduled between 9-10 am, May 24 at campaign headquarters 1243 E. Broad Rd #105, Tempe. Walter will speak at 9:45 am. Then the group will go block walking, making phone calls and completing mail projects.


·       LD21 Rep Debbie Lesko’s newsletter:


·       CD2 Martha McSally called on General Shinseki yesterday to resign immediately following the VA scandal, which started at an Arizona facility. If he doesn't resign, McSally said he should be fired.Will Ron Barber follow suit? So far, he's been silent. "General Shinseki needs to resign immediately or be fired," McSally said. "Southern Arizona is home to one of the largest veteran communities in the country. As a veteran myself, I know there is a covenant from America to those who serve. Our country has failed to live up to that covenant, and Washington needs to wake up and ensure this doesn't happen again. I call on Congressman Barber to join me in calling for General Shinseki to step down so we can have full accountability and find out what went wrong and how to fix it. This shouldn't be a partisan issue. Ron Barber should do the right thing and stand behind our veterans, not behind his political party." 


·       Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), co-chair of the Congressional Missile Defense Caucus, statement after en bloc acceptance of his amendment to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) restoring $99 million in funding to the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program. The amendment would restore nine SM3-1B interceptors slated to be cancelled under the proposed Obama defense budget. According to Franks, "The rogue missile threat to the United States and our allies is inarguably and relentlessly expanding. While limiting the proliferation of missile and nuclear technologies is important, history has shown that it is not enough. The best way to negate these threats is a credible, comprehensive missile defense system. Unfortunately, the same President who said, 'I don't agree with a missile defense system' has gutted our investment in future missile defenses. All told, this Administration has cut $5 billion from missile defense programs in six years -- a near $1 billion shortfall on a vital national security need every single year this President has been in office. While only a President serious about national defense can fully undo the damage this Administration has done to our military, my amendment would restore nine of the vital SM3-1B interceptors this Administration would have otherwise cut from our defense budget."


·       Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) regarding his vote in support of H.R. 4435:“Today, as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, I was proud to vote to support our troops and provide them with the tools and resources they need to protect our nation.  With a bipartisan coalition, the House passed H.R. 4435, rejecting the Obama Administration’s efforts to mothball the A-10 Thunderbolt II squadron without a viable replacement platform.  Saving the A-10 was necessary for the protection of our troops in combat zones around the globe and maintains Arizona’s status as the military’s lynchpin air defense training and aircraft maintenance hub. In addition, we were able to preserve the critical role of the National Guard’s AH-64 Apache Helicopter fleet in our defense infrastructure and ensure that all our military personnel, both full- and part-time, are fully trained to act in defense of our nation. While not a perfect bill, I believe this bill is good for our troops, our national security and Arizona’s economy.”


·       Treasurer Candidate  Randy Pullen: As Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party in 2010 and together with the leadership of Governor Jan Brewer, Republicans won every single statewide office and super majorities to both houses of the Arizona Legislature. We executed on our plan for victory and 4 years later we have seen the Arizona comeback because of that statewide leadership. Jan Brewer and I commit to building upon the hard work and legacy that she has built.  Arizona must continue to be a loud voice in standing up to the broken policies in Washington so we can create jobs and securing our border.


·       The Gila County Republican Committee Has Only 200 Tickets To Sell For Its Cash Raffle. First prize is $2,000, 2nd prize is $1,000 and 3rd prize is $500. Winners will be drawn over the Memorial Day weekend. Contact: GCRC Chairman Gary Morris  602-803-7366.


·       LD215 Senate Candidate Dr. Ralph Heap needs to borrow rebar to put up signs.  If you have some you can loan him, call 480-577-9094.


·       Diane Douglas, Supt For Public Instruction, asks that all signed nomination petitions be returned to her by May 23 so she has time to validate them before they are submitted.  Send them directly to Diane at 13402 Castle Rock Drive, Sun City, AZ 85375. Any $5 Clean Election donations will also be appreciated. Contact:  480-241-7111.


·       Tempe City Council Candidate Matt Papke is calling for volunteers to turn in their nominationing petitions so he can file them. Contact: (480) 242 – 2208


·       Maricopa Community College District at large Candidate Augustine "Auggie" P. Bartning will be a guest on the 9 pm, Sat., May 24 Terry Gilbert show on on KFYI 550 AM    Contact  Alice Lara  Cell: 602-796-1038  H: 602-276-3959


·       CD9 Candidate Andrew Walter is expanding office hours starting Sat., May 24 with a pancake breakfast between 9-10 am at 1243 E. Broadway Rd. #105, Tempe, AZ 85282. New hours are 9 am-8 am, Mon-Thur., and from 9 am-5 pm, Fri & Sat.


·       LD23 House Candidate John Strasser is inviting volunteers to join his team as they go through District 23 collecting signatures.  Give him a call (480 – 273 – 8798) or check out his website ( to sign up.


·       LD25 Sen Candidate Ralph Heap needs volunteers to man telephones from noon until 8 pm Mon-Fri at his campaign headquarters, 3535 E  Brown Road., Mesa. Greetings Volunteer. Call Don  602-284-6240   or  Barbara  480-577-9094 to schedule a time. 


·       Gubernatorial Candidate Kent Bennett’s scheduled:

·       May 23:   noon – 1 pm, Phoenix Rotary, Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St.,

·       May 25:  5 pm, Flag Retirement Ceremony, Desert Christian High School, 7525 E. Speedway, Tucson.

·       May 26: 8:30, Memorial Day Observance Emcee, Citizens Cemetery, Prescott.

·       May 26: 3 pm, Memorial Day Observance, Surprise Radiant Church, 15522 W Paradise Lane, Surprise.



·       Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs will be featured at a

·       5-8 pm, Fri, May 23 ‘meet and greet’ home of Sue Goodchild, 1905 W Road 2 S, Chino Valley, AZ 86323. RSVP by Thur to (928) 636-7355

Contact: Darcie at 480-437-1033 or


·       CD1 Candidate Adam Kwasman Schedule:

·       May 28 - Hot Dogs and Apple Pie in the Park, 6 pm, May 28, Riverfront Park, Oro Valley, 551 W. Lambert Lane, Oro Valley, AZ.


·       Republican Candidate Announcements, fundraiser, neighborhood walks and other events can be sent to for posting in the Briefs.  In fairness to all GOP primary candidates, Briefs does not post endorsements, nor does it endorse any GOP candidates prior to the primary. See Briefs at Http://Archives.Mcrcbriefs.Org/


·       Eddie Cook For Gilbert City Council needs to have all of his petitions nominations returned immediately. If you've collected even one signature, please sign the back of your petition and turn it in.  Your efforts are very much appreciated! Return petitions (with the back filled out) by mail or in person to: Eddie Cook, 1760 W. Aspen Ave., Gilbert, AZ  85233.   Contact: Paul Brierly, Campaign manager,   480-988-9311


·       Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs will be filing his nominations petitions at 9:30 am, May 27, at the Secretary of State’s office, 1700 W Washington, followed by a campaign rally in the Rose Garden at the State Capitol, 19th Avenue & Washington, Phx. RSVP Darcie at 480-0000437-1033 or  You can still sign his petitions .  Sign My Petition Now!


·       A Reminder To Politically Involved State Employees: See state restrictions (Arizona’s “mini-Hatch Act”) at A.R.S. § 41-752.[1] The public policy behind these limitations is at A.R.S. § 41-752(K).


·       The 2014 “Star Spangled Celebration,” honoring Phoenix fallen police officers, fire fighters and veterans is scheduled from 5- 10 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S. 35th Ave.


·       Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs will be featured at a ‘meet and greet’ fundraiser at the home of Sue Goodchild, 1905 W Road 2S, Chino Valley at 5 pm, May 23. RSVP Darcie at 480-437-1033 or


·       CD2 Candidate Chuck Wooten will address the Green Valley Republican Club at 9:30 am, Fri., May 23 at Friends in Deed, 301 W Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley. Contact: Lora Wooten


·       Step By Step Process For Signing Candidate Nominating Petitions & Making $5 Contributions Online Via SOS Office – Complied by Jim O’Connor   602-538-9387 cell

·       Visit AZ Secretary of State Web Site:

·       From menu on the left, Click on ELECTIONS.

·       From menu click on UPCOMING ELECTIONS,

·       Scroll down to: E-Qualify (Sign a Nominating Petition and/or Give a $5 Qualifying Contribution).

·       On the bottom of that page, you may either click on the tab to Sign a Candidate Nominating Petition, or on the tab to Contribute a  $5 dollar Qualifying Contribution, in sequence. 

·       You will then be REQUIRED to fill in your Drivers License Number, Date of Birth, First & Last Name. Complete by clicking the SUBMIT tab.

·       You will then be asked to CONFIRM your address.Click YES or NO (if incorrect).

·       The same process is required for making a Qualifying Contribution to Clean Election Candidates.

·       Then scroll down to your candidates name, CLICK ON IT, ENTER your Email Address & CONFIRM IT.

·       Next, CLICK ON the “Submit $5 Contribution Tab at the bottom of the page. Be Aware that Pay Pal charges a .47 cents transaction fee for each contribution you chose to make.


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